Several families are homeless after fire destroyed a two-story building in the Hillsides Apartments complex just off Quail Run Drive near I-20 in the Decatur area.
Investigators said a grease fire in a first-floor unit started the fire, reports WGCL TV.
At least three families lost their homes, and are working with the Red Cross to provide food and clothing for the next three days.
Terrance Nash was pulling up to the apartments when he saw the flames. He immediately called for help.
As firefighters knocked down the flames, it was clear the damage was severe. The fire destroyed three units.
John Spruce owns a downstairs unit, which he leases to a tenant. Spruce walked around, staring in disbelief, the TV station says.
"I don't know if they have to tear most of that down," he said in a daze, sitting on a boulder with his eyes wide. "It's kind of like deja vu. This has happened over here before. This whole unit burned down. It's kind of like a dark cloud over here in terms of like these fires and things."
"Those things happen," Spruce told the TV station. "But lightning has struck more than once over here, unfortunately."